PROPHECY HEADLINES: Iran warns U.S. against crossing ‘red lines’ regarding its missile program | Video reportedly shows more Russian troops heading into Syria | Over 30 killed in fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces
PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “The Rise of Antichrist (Part 4)” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”
The Bible predicts the rise of a counterfeit messiah in the Last Days. While many of his titles and descriptions emphasize the diabolical character of his rule, we must remember that he is ultimately a deceiver who promises to bring world peace. Jesus reminds us, “I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive me; if another shall come in his own name, you will receive him.”
Dave Hunt points out, “Many prophecy students have this picture of the Antichrist as some obviously evil ogre who will directly oppose Christ. However, the meaning of antichrist also means ‘in place of.’ Thus the Antichrist will rise to power brilliantly. He will oppose the Messiah by pretending to be Him.”
OCCUPY TILL I COME: We are continuing our journey through the book, “Coming Events and Present Duties,” by J.C. Ryle. This section is titled, “Watch” (Part 42) based on the parable of the foolish and wise virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. J.C. Ryle writes:
Watch against slothfulness about the Bible and private prayer. There is nothing so spiritual, but we may at last do it formally. Most backslidings begin in the closet. When a tree is snapped in two by a high wind, we generally find there had been some long hidden decay. Oh, watch and pray!